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Almond Butter Cookies – soft, chewy, sweet, and extra delicious!

OATMEAL ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES - Can be flourless / oil-free / sugar-free / gluten-free / vegan

The summer after our first year back from college, my best friends and I took a road trip to Austin, Texas.

If you’ve ever been on a road trip with friends, you know that stocking the car with an ample variety of snack foods is of the utmost importance. We made a grocery run the night before, purchasing every flavor potato chip they offered and filling a cooler with fresh fruit, sandwiches, and water bottles. Then we surveyed our inventory and decided it was not yet acceptable; we needed a homemade touch…

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After thoroughly talking it through (Important decisions like these must not be taken lightly), we decided a batch of oatmeal cookies would be quick and easy. Plus—bonus!—we already had all of the ingredients in the pantry! The cookies turned out beautifully. We ate way too many and were forced to make a second batch for the car. All of the cookies were eaten by the time we reached our destination. The potato chips, on the other hand… notsomuch.

(Did I mention that a road trip from Dallas to Austin is not even 4 hours?)

Homemade Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies-- Just 6 ingredients, with NO oil & NO flour. Get the full recipe--->

Almost 10 years later, I’m still reminded of that road trip every time I make oatmeal cookies. Although the oatmeal almond butter cookies recipe below is quite different from the one we used back in 2006, it’s just as simple… and just as good!

Oat Cookies:

Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter, softened to a stir-able consistency
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp quick oats or gf-certified quick oats
  • just under level 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup xylitol or sugar of choice
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
Total Time: 8m
Yield: 12-15 almond butter cookies


Almond Butter Cookies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients to form a dough. (Due to the natural oils in the almond butter, the dough can be a bit oily, so have a napkin ready to wipe your hands as you work with the dough.) Form cookie dough balls with your hands, and place on the cookie sheet. Be sure to leave room between cookies, as these will spread as they bake. Bake 8 minutes. The almond butter cookies should still look a little undercooked when you remove them from the oven, but they’ll firm up as they cool. Set the tray aside for at least 10 minutes before picking up a cookie. Makes about 12-15 almond butter cookies.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. A handful of ingredient = One hell of a tasty treat! These look fantasmic 😀 x

    1. Ingredients* Even, was typing a little too quick for my own good there.

      Hope you’re having a lovely week so far! x

  2. Brinley says:

    My mom LOVES almond butter from trader joes! (She has some weird trader joes obsession!) and my brother loves cookies! This recipe was made for us! Thank you!

  3. anoushe says:

    These look incredible!! And so simple! Can´t wait to try them 😀

  4. Hollie says:

    I’ve been looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe for when the mr gets back. He is obsessed with peanut butter cookies so I think that is what I’ll go. Anyways the last road trip I went on was moving from Texas to NJ.

    1. Shan says:

      Holly! That’s funny. I moved from NJ to TX. Now I wanna go back. Where in NJ? I’m from Fort Lee, but I wanna venture out! I’m thinking Ocean Grove 🙂 right now I’m in Austin. I can’t wait to try these cookies!

  5. Eva says:

    Looks freakin DELiCIOUS! That of course has nothing to do with me starving ;). I’m getting my blender next week, so as soon as I make almond butter, will do these!
    Now gonna go bake some boatmeal!

  6. Sarah says:

    These look amazing! Is roasted almond butter the same/similar to all natural almond butter?

    1. Erogo Proxy says:

      A bit they make roasted almond butter with roasted almonds a bit of a deeper nutty flavor, but when they roast them some of the omega fatty acids in the almonds oxidize so you loose some of the health benefits of the raw almond. I personally prefer mine raw, organic, with no oils or salts added. But sometimes that roasted bit of flavor is a nice change up.

      1. Erogo Proxy says:

        On second thought how would these cook with fresh almond butter without the added oils that you get in the store bought ones? I think they might come out a bit dry, almonds do form a thick paste when crushed/ground into a butter unlike some other tree nuts but it does not soften with heat very well nor spread easily. Bit perplexed here if I should try it with the expensive stuff I made or go out and buy some of that store stuff they load with canola and sunflower seed oil. Perhaps add a bit of coconut oil? Thinking a Tsp. or two would help a bit in fact.

  7. Ok these look AWESOME…do you think they would work with cashew butter as well for a cashew butter cookie? Might be worth a try. All I need is apple sauce and these can be in my belly in no time 🙂

    1. Anna says:

      I think any nut butter would work or even peanut butter!

  8. Manuela Mejia says:

    Can I swap out puréed pumpkin for the applesauce?

  9. Judith Ness says:

    These look great as do many of your recipes. Because of your recipes I purchased a bag of Xylitol to bake with. A week ago a friends’ Healthy 4 year old dog suddenly died. The autopsy showed Xylitol poisoning ! My friend thinks he picked up a piece of chewing gum in the park. Twelve hours later… well.
    I threw away the Xylitol immediately. Please help me spread the word how dangerous this product is to our pets!I am starting a campaign to aware people and get this off our grocery shelves and in products we purchase, etc.
    Thank you for indulging me.

    1. Judith, that really is horrible to hear about the death of your friend’s dog. However, dogs are also allergic (sometimes deathly) to chocolate, and I don’t think everyone will just stop eating that. Same goes for coffee. I do think more awareness needs to be created about xylitol and the effects on dogs, but I don’t think that getting rid of these products is the answer.

      Again, really sorry to hear about your friend’s dog. I think I will go give mine a hug right now… 🙂

    2. Sarah says:

      Chocolate has the same result on dogs…as have grapes and lots of other stuff.

    3. Michael says:

      It’s true that numerous things we eat are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate and grapes.

      However, xylitol is FAR worse. It is absolutely fatal to dogs, even in small amounts. The same is not true for chocolate and grapes. People who keep xylitol in their homes should be aware of this. Moreover, xylitol cannot be digested by humans, which is why it gives many stomach upset. The more you know!

    4. Mitzi says:

      So sorry about your friend’s dog. I was going to purchase some xylitol, so glad I didn’t if only a tiny bit can be fatal to dogs. I have a little 6# dog and if I even spilled any it would be sad to lose her. Thanks for informing the public. I will have to watch her at other people’s homes too.

  10. These look great and simple! Though I think 1 1/4 cup of batter will yield pretty small cookies if you make 12 of them.

  11. Janet says:

    My last road trip was almost two weeks ago. Myself and three other girlfriends(ages 43-62) went to Bird-In-Hand, PA and also Hershey, PA. We had a blast 🙂 We did fill up with snacks too-chocolate, peanut butter blossoms, oatmeal raisin cinnamon chip cookies, water bottles. Yum!! All gluten-free too 🙂

  12. Shonalika says:

    These look delicious; I love oatmeal cookies and have been meaning to try some almond butter cookies for a while now. Since this recipe is so simple and only uses 1/2 cup of precious almond butter I may just have no excuse to not make it:D

  13. Oatmeal cookies are my all time favourite cookies. These just have won the top place of the to try list…
    My most recent road trip … no more than about 50 miles for ages I think.

  14. Laura O says:

    My husband and I recently went to California and spent time driving to the mountains, and to the beach…we packed far too many snacks for the amount of time in the car, too! I don’t mind because the preparation is just as fun. Next time, maybe I’ll pack some of these cookies!

  15. EmilyLovesRaisins says:

    All I have to say is… yum!!

  16. Erogo Proxy says:

    Thanks for the receipe, turns out much less expensive then what I was thinking of trying. Tempted to make a batch to sell at the farmers market along side my gluten free bread loafs.

    As for road trips I never really did cooking for them, but I go to 3-4 day conventions several times a year. We stay awake for days and eat a bunch of baked goods, I normally make protein apple muffins, egg nog monkey bread, oatmeal cookies, dried fruit and nut bars. Pea and rice protein powders actually can be blended into these quite well use them in the raw bars, and make a icing for the GF monkey bread out of them. Great for long periods of constant movement.

  17. Rebekah says:

    I just made these with dark chocolate almond butter and they were so amazing!!!

  18. Lauren says:

    These are SO GOOD!

    I added a few mini chocolate chips. I got 19 smaller cookies out of the recipe. Everyone make these cookies!!!

  19. Sandi says:

    Katie, I couldn’t wait and made these this afternoon. They were the best cookies I’ve had in a very long time. I used coconut date rolls for the sugar (I microwaved them so they would be soft enough to mix them with the rest of the ingredients.) Question….are you supposed to flatten the balls before you bake them or bake them round? I flattened them somewhat but wasn’t sure.

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